Background In their first two games of the new season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have given opponents everything they want on offense. The Cavs are 0-2 after surrendering 132 points to the Memphis Grizzlies, and 123 points to the Charlotte Hornets.
The Atlanta Hawks got their first win of the season with a resounding 113-87 win against the Dallas Mavericks in front of the home crowd on Thursday. It was a game clearly highlighted by the Hawks defensive effort, particularly, De’Andre Hunter’s effort on Mavs superstar Luka Doncic.
#WeMove became a mantra for the Atlanta Hawks last season as the underdog unit continued to upset higher-seeded teams in the playoffs. The Hawks roster is a tight-knit family that will not let anything come in between them.
There’s no question about it, this is the most hyped up season of Hawks basketball… EVER. After a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference Finals that was filled with memorable moments, expectations are at an all time high for basketball in Atlanta, yet somehow, the Hawks actually managed to exceed those expectations on opening night.
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win” - Rayford Trae Young. Or maybe it was Mahatma Gandhi. Actually, historians still are unsure where the quote originated.
A dominant victory for the hosts to begin the new season. The Atlanta Hawks began their 2021-22 regular season campaign with a victory as they easily dispatched the Dallas Mavericks 113-87 on Thursday night at State Farm Arena.
The Hawks got their season off to a winning start, blowing out the Mavericks at home. Postgame, Trae Young admitted the Hawks are aware of the chatter as they attempt to prove they belong near the top of the Eastern Conference.
No league does pomp and circumstance like the NBA. No organization throws a party like the Atlanta Hawks. In the first game of the season, the NBA, the Hawks organization, and their team all did their part to send the fans home happy.
The Atlanta Hawks will open their season against the Dallas Mavericks in the next installment of the story between Trae Young and Luka Doncic. While this is going to be fascinating to watch, as it always is, the true story for the Hawks is going to be De’Andre Hunter.
Ahead of the new season, our own Zach Hood spoke with new Atlanta Hawks guard Delon Wright for a few minutes to discuss his role with the Hawks, getting to know Trae Young, how to slow down the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night, and more.
Finally, the Atlanta Hawks can join the majority of the NBA in playing their first game of the regular season. In the three-plus months since they last took the court, their biggest change might be that they’re mostly healthy.
The Hawks are primed to make a run at the NBA Finals, especially with the Nets seemingly losing Kyrie Irving for the season. Health will be the most important factor for Atlanta, but I believe they have an X-Factor waiting in the wings to help propel them to a championship.